Author: Helen Carrier
A local District Councillor was impersonated and a new email address was created by the scammers (Executivecommittee4i5@gmail.com), and several emails using this new email address and pretending to be the Councillor was sent to all of the parish council councillors. Several of the emails asked the councillors to purchase gift cards on the Councillor's behalf.
It is suspected the Councillors email addresses... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 22 May 2020 14:00 by Helen Carrier
Sport England Community Emergency Fund: Grants of between £300 - £10,000 are available to organisations with a role in keeping people active, but are experiencing financial hardship because of the pandemic. The fund aims to contribute to fixed costs which could include rent, utility and insurance bills and core staffing costs. The deadline for applications is Friday 31 July See: https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 15:00 by Helen Carrier
Annual Governance & Accountability Return for Councils within the £25k to £200k Income Levels
Friday 22 May, 2pm
Pauline James is running this course for councils within the £25k to £200k receipts/payments levels. The will cover the reconciliation of the cashbook to the bank statements, completion of the AGAR form, the variance analysis and everything you need to send to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 10:00 by Helen Carrier
National ALC has updated its guidance on holding remote meetings to include more information on risks, security and using telephone conference calls. This is in addition to the advice we have produced locally in Norfolk
Posted: Wed, 20 May 2020 15:00 by Helen Carrier
Legal Topic Note (LTN) 31 on local council general powers has been updated to better explain the eligibility criteria to exercise the general power of competence and the latest Section 137 spending limit. The LTN is attached and can also be found in the member's area of the website.
Posted: Mon, 18 May 2020 09:00 by Helen Carrier
Delivered by Gabbie, this is our essential foundation training for new Clerks, and covers the your role, the role of the Council and the Councillors as well as powers and duties, standing orders, meetings, finance, information management, planning, elections, casual vacancies and co-option and much more.
Part One - The Core Roles – 23 June
Part Two - Law & Procedures - 24 June
Part Three -... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 15 May 2020 11:00 by Helen Carrier
Wednesday 27 May, 10am and Thursday 28 May, 7pm
Rachel Leggett's session is designed to give Town and Parish Councils an understanding of what is involved in the development of a Neighbourhood Plan. To include: what is and is not a Neighbourhood Plan, an overview of the Neighbourhood Plan process, how to get started with confidence, developing a vision and objectives, writing the plan, what else could... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 11:00 by Helen Carrier
Following conversations with some Clerks yesterday, we can now confirm, following clarification from Zoom, that a free Zoom account does not provide a facility for participants to connect by phone only.
Councils wishing to use Zoom as their platform for remote council meetings, will need to purchase a licence for this phone-in function. There is currently a 20% discount code that can be applied to a... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020 14:00 by Helen Carrier
National ALC has published its report on local (parish and town) council elections. Their research found that 53% of councils and councillors used social media to promote elections. 71% of councils want to pilot online voting, 62% would like the election candidate form simplified, 65% used NALC's resources, and 51% were aware of NALC's Make a Change campaign. Their analysis looks at behaviours, experiences,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 13 May 2020 13:00 by Helen Carrier
Our CilCA students have been taking advantage of the current lock-down to complete their portfolios and upload to EMMA and they are now claiming just reward for their efforts. During the last few days, the following Norfolk Clerks have attained their qualification.
Helen Richardson; Parish Clerk and RFO to Stoke Ferry Parish Council, Wereham Parish Council and Southery Parish Council.
Helen began her... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 11 May 2020 16:30 by Helen Carrier